Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time to think about the garden.

It's that time again. I need to plan out what I want to plant this spring and order my seeds. I probably should have already done it, but I'm sure it will all work out.
We plan on increasing the garden plot this year. As you may know, we only planted around the deck and a bit against one side of the back of the house last year. The deck is in the middle of the back of the house and we planted around the right side (if facing the back). This year we plan on putting a couple of beds off the left side of the deck. We won't be planting veggies right against this side of the house, partly because the outside units for the heat pumps sit there, but also because the section of free ground that is there stays in the shade almost all day. I would like to plant a few hosta in that shady part. Because of the layout; the house is on one side of the proposed garden plot, and the deck on the adjacent side, there's not much incidental foot traffic, and less of a chance of kids accidently stepping in the beds. On the down side, that is the one area in the whole yard where water sits for awhile if we've had a lot of rain. It's never had standing water for more than a day, but it's still something to keep in mind. Since we do raised beds it shouldn't (please, please, please) give us too much of a problem. If it does we'll just convert it back to lawn and move the garden beds somewhere else next year.
With the increase in gardening area, I may plant beans this year. I'd also like to plant pumpkins, but they take a lot of space, so I don't know for sure if they'll make it in this time. I also plan on moving some of my herbs to the front flower beds. I think the pineapple sage would look great up front. Some of the greek/globe basil would also look nice and the oregano would probably fair better in front than it did in the back. I would like to move my rosemary to the south side of the house, but we don't have beds of any kind over there right now, so I'll have to see if we'll have enough resources to put one in there as well. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew, especially since hubby suggested planting a few fruit trees this coming spring, and he wants to remove the rose of sharon bushes that are in the front beds and replace them with something that holds it's shape well once it's prunned. The rose of sharon is not a neat shrub so it falls all over the sidewalk even when it has been prunned.
There's a lot of work that will need to be done, but so many good things to look forward to.
Are ya'll looking forward to gardening this spring?
I can hardly wait!
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  1. Ah Spring! Of course here we are in the height of the heat and humidity of Summer. I will look forward to your future pics of the flourishing garden. Not being a gardener myself, I still very much enjoy the end results!
    Have a good week at your place.

  2. I can't wait either! I am not a very good gardener but I do keep trying!